Take a week off to explore Greece - experience history and mythology with this grand tour!
Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (Short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus famous for its remarkable acoustics. Than proceed to the Town of Naplion (short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomp of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnesus and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games (Dinner).
In the morning visit the archaeological Site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the archaeological museum. Then drive on through the pains of Iliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Overnight (Dinner).
In the morning visit the archaeological Site and Museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Overnight. (Dinner).
Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top pg huge rocks which seem to be suspended in midair, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art. Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi. Arrive and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion. Admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of Mythology. After the visit, depart for Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. Dinner and overnight.
Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colourful market area. Then proceed to Naoussa to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School, where the great philosopher taught 'the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander and the Macedonian youths. A few miles away, we see picturesque Edessa where the town's famous landmark, the Waterfalls, stand. Then comes Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
Explore Thessaloniki, the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire, was the "co-reigning" city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Enjoy the rest of the day free in the lively center of the city. Dinner and overnight.
Drive to Vergina, to visit a unique museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. After the visit we shall drive south through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arriving in Athens late in the afternoon.
- Pick-up from major hotels in Athens City Center or Amalias and Souri Streets, Athens
- Handling of one piece of luggage per person
- Meals and drinks (unless specified)
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
- Children under 4 years of age are free of charge provided no bed or seat in the bus is occupied, or meals offered.
- Dress Code: For visits to the monasteries, ladies are required to wear skirts and gentlemen need to be in long trousers.
- Hotel pick-up must be pre-booked at least 24 hours before departure time. Contact information will be provided upon reconfirmation.